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Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves
Erica | Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves
Protea repens | Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves
Cape River Frog | Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves
Matchstix Pagoda | Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves
Familiar Chat  Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves

The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden located between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, an hour east of Cape Town, South Africa.

With about 1,600 plant species, the area contains a floral diversity per unit area that is greater than anywhere else in the world. The Garden consists of 10 hectares of cultivated gardens and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos.

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves

There are many of the local endemic fynbos species in the gardens. Proteas, ericas and restios and their associated birds and insects. There are pristine mountain streams running through the gardens, with several frog species.

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves

There are several hikes up the georges providing a high diversity of habitats as well as elevations above sea level. There are 96 bird species recorded in the gardens.

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves

The gardens inspire creativity so use your imagination and experiment. Spend time inisde the forests alonside the streams. The dark fynbos stained water creates dramatic reflections when the light is right.

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden | © Arne Purves

 

 

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings are best before the sun disappears behind the mountains.
Type of Photography
  • Flowers
  • Bird Photography
  • Landscape Photography
Best Time of Year
  • Spring
  • All year round
Photographic Tips
Flash for inside the forests

Highlights

Site Highlights
Local Fynbos endemics bird species and fynbos vegetation diversity.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
Spring is from September to October as is the best time of year to visit.

Location

Closest Town

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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
About
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.